Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gurley to Sit out Rams' Finale

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gurley to Sit out Rams' Finale

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NAPA, CALIF. * With Todd Gurley missing Sunday's season finale against San Francisco with a foot injury, things have come full circle for Tre Mason.

Mason undoubtedly hopes things go better for him this time around. After leading the Rams in rushing as a rookie with 765 yards in 2014, Mason knew he would have to cede the starting job to No. 10 overall draft pick Gurley this season.

But with Gurley not expected to play early in the season as he completed rehab from college knee surgery at Georgia, Mason would have a few games to remind everyone what he could do.

Didn't work out that way. A preseason hamstring injury sidelined Mason in the opener against Seattle, and he was ineffective in Games 2 and 3, rushing for a combined 42 yards on 16 carries against Washington and Pittsburgh.

Gurley moved into the starting lineup in Game 4, and well, that was pretty much it for Mason this season. With Gurley in the feature role, and Benny Cunningham in the third-down role, there wasn't much work for Mason.

Mason missed the Cleveland game Oct. 25 with an ankle injury, and was suspended by Fisher for the Baltimore contest Nov. 22 when he (and teammate Isaiah Battle) missed the team bus to Lambert Airport from Rams Park for the game.

Put that all together and he has only 163 yards rushing on 57 carries this season. Who knows how it would've played out were it not for that preseason hamstring injury.

"I'm not sure what would've happened, but we're here now so we're ready to go," Mason said. "When you love the game, I put my teammates first. Whatever's gonna put my team first, you gotta do it."

But he did add: "It's a blessing to be able to start again. But I wish TG was out there with me, to give us some more power. But I'm willing to take on the (starting) role."

Gurley suffered a foot injury late in last week's game in Seattle. He was in a walking boot and didn't practice all week in Napa Valley. On Friday, Gurley was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game, and team sources later told The Post-Dispatch that he would not play against San Francisco.

Although coach Jeff Fisher didn't definitively say Gurley was out following Friday's practice, his comments certainly indicated that would be the case. …

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